Prof. Katharina Christl

Head of Master Choreography Programme

Place of Birth

Born in Dresden, Deutschland


  • Palucca Unversity of Dance Dresden
  • Recognition Diplôme d’État de Professeur de Danse Contemporaine by the Ministére de la Culture et de la Communication de République Francaise


  • Since 1998, freelance interdisciplinary choreographer for, e. g., Ballet National de Marseille, Compagnie Grenade, Musée d‘Art Contemporain de Marseille, Stadt Dresden, CYNETart Festival, Festival de Marseille, Musée de l’Art Moderne et Contemporain Géneve, Palucca University of Dance Dresden, KLAP Marseille, Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon
  • Engagement at the Charleroi/Danses – Plan K, Belgium
  • Soloist and rehearsal leader at the Ballet National de Marseille (France), collaboration with choreographers such as, e. g., Richard Siegal, Emanuel Gat, Michèle Noiret, Stephan Petronio, Lucinda Childs, Frédéric Flamand, Pascal Touzeau, Annabelle Lòpez Ochoa, Yasuyuki Endo
  • Choreographic assistant for creations of Frédéric Flamand and Richard Siegal
  • Guest ballet master at the Bavarian State Ballet and the Ballet of Difference/Staatsschauspiel Cologne
  • Jury/commission member for numerous international festivals, organisations and institutions
  • 2018 "Hoffnungsträgerin des Jahres" ("New Hope of the Year", magazine tanz)
  • Member of the Cultural Advisory Board and the Specialist Workers' Group of the Performing Arts of the City of Dresden


  • Guestteacher for companies/festivals/universities, e. g., Saarland State Theatre, Norrdans, Moscow Ballet, Charleroi/Danses-Plan K, Dance Salad Festival Houston, Holland Dance Festival, IUAV University Venice, Vaganova Academy, Perth Festival, Architanz/Tokyo, Think Big Festival Munich, German Professional Association for Dance Education, Conservatoire National Supériere de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Marseille, Festival de Danse de Cannes, Festival Montpellier Danse, Tanzplan Dresden, Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Marseille, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, TC Maltepe University, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Steps Festival, Festival MilanOltre, Pavillon Noir – Centre Chorégraphique National, Summer Intensive Portugal
  • Specialisation: Dance & Architecture, Dance & New Media, Improvisation & Composition
  • Since 2015, Professor of Choreography and Head of the Master Choreography Programme at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden


Meine Lehre lokalisiert sich innerhalb des Masterstudiengang Choreografie im interdisziplinären Bereich und sieht sich als Schnittstelle der darstellenden und bildenden Kunst mit fachübergreifenden Kooperationen. Die Kurse geben Raum für Reflexion und individueller Entwicklung, sowie setzen sie Rahmenbedingungen zum freien, Risiko nehmenden Experimentieren.

Within the Master Choreography Programme, my teaching is located in the interdisciplinary field and sees itself as an interface of the performing and visual arts with interdisciplinary collaborations. The courses provide space for reflection and individual development, and sets framework conditions for free, risk-taking experimentation. With a view to practice and current events, the choreographers are individually supported and accompanied for professionalisation and their further networking.

The variety of artistic approaches in the choreographic process also initiates an exciting for creative experimentation in the teaching of the BA Dance and invites you to perceive dance again and again as a living art form. In addition to my preferred playing field "floorwork" and contemporary movement vocabulary, the search for embodiment and individual interpretation is my focus in teaching dance students. Especially my extensive experience as a coach and as a hybrid performer are an essential source for this individual support and knowledge transfer. It is moving and always fascinating to be an accompanying partner and awake observer in the student‘s development to a professional dancer.

Within the Master Dance Teacher Programme, I am engaged in a practice-oriented exchange in order to strengthen the strategies, methods and communication skills of the students in their future field of work.